By Francis Wakefield
The spokesperson of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on Tuesday has welcomed the release of former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon from detention following his promise to stop “talking back” to senators when he is asked questions regarding corruption at the Bureau of Customs.
In an interview, Romina Marasigan however was quick to point out that Faeldon cannot still assume his post as the deputy administrator for operations of OCD as the required processes with regard to the legal side of his situation has yet to be finalized.
“So we are just waiting for the process to finish until he has full time already to render the services here at our office,” Marasigan said.
“So we are waiting for him to complete all the required processes, documents with regard to his situation and then we will wait for him to work here for a better briefing, better appreciation and actual exposure on what will be his task,” she added.
Marasigan said there is still no definite date yet when Faeldon will report for work.
“Given the responsibility of the assistant secretary, if you would look into our organization under our administrator Usec Ricardo Jalad we have two undersecretaries…
Kristoffer James Purisima for Administration and Faeldon for Operations, and if he reports for work he will be another warm body for our organization who will help us ensure of our services to the public,” Marasigan said.
“He will help us carry out our mandate, our mission of serving our people and protecting the nation,” she added.
Faeldon, it was recalled, took his oath as the deputy administrator for Operations of OCD at the Office of the Secretary of National Defense in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on January 16.
The oath of service was administered by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and witnessed by Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Purisima and other officers of the department.
Lorenzana earlier urged Faeldon to bring new insights that would contribute to OCD’s development as the country’s lead Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) agency.
Jalad, on the other hand, expressed confidence that Faeldon could help OCD in the effort to provide efficient service to the Filipino in line with the country’s DRRM advocacy
For his part, Purisima said it was high time for the post of deputy [administrator] for Operations to be filled given that operations services are vital especially during times of disasters.
Faeldon thanked Lorenzana, Jalad and Purisima for their support.
“OCD and our people at large can be assured that I will do my best to help OCD achieve its goals,” he said.
The oathtaking was conducted after the Office of the President issued the appointment of Faeldon in December 2017.
Faeldon will join Purisima as deputy administrators of OCD. He will be assigned in operations, a position created in 2016 as part of the expansion of the agency to address the growing demands of the country’s Civil Defense and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) programs.